ARE THE TORT REFORMERS TURNING ON FEDERAL JUDGES TOO? . . . At Bloomberg.com, columnist Kevin Hassett of the American Enterprise Institute says you can't trust any judge who was appointed by a Democrat--
In the past, lawyers could forum shop and bring their class-action suits against any U.S. firm in tiny hamlets in front of corrupt local judges. Big money class actions now must be brought in federal court. But legal analysts expect the trial lawyers to litigate these new laws all the way to the Supreme Court. Since many of the judges who will rule on these appeals were appointed by Democrats who are funded by the trial lawyers, there is a real chance that the courts could gum up the process of tort reform.
Some people, I guess, have to see a conspiracy in everything. Hassett goes on to say that as a Supreme Court justice, John Roberts would be good for big business. Why? Because as a former corporate lawyer, "[h]e has seen the unscrupulous tactics of the trial bar up close."
What bunk. The truth is, as a former litigator, John Roberts would recognize the conspiracy-tinged ravings of tort reformers like Hassett for what they are: propagandistic nonsense.